Work Begins on the New Smith's Wood Village Centre

Smith's Wood Village Centre took another bold step forward as work began on its latest multi-million pound development of brand new shops and offices, which join the housing, school buildings and public realm improvements already completed as part of the area's regeneration programme.   

This phase of the Village development will see new shopping and office facilities being constructed at the heart of the new high street. The building will be made up of eight new   retail units, which are due to be occupied by a number of national and local retailers, including Mr Paul who will operate the new convenience store. This will be alongside office accommodation already pre-let to Solihull Council and new retail units expected to open in spring 2014 – with the whole development will be open in early 2015.

Smith's Wood Village Centre is part of the North Solihull Partnership's regeneration   programme and is in addition to the construction of a brand new primary school, improved public realm and a road linking Auckland Drive and Windward Way.  Also, a new assisted living scheme and healthcare centre will be created as part of the Village Centre regeneration plans. 

Sigma Inpartnership, via its subsidiary Solihull Inpartnership, secured a £4m funding facility from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Growing Places Fund to support this flagship programme.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Regeneration, Councillor Ian Courts said: "The start of this phase of the village centre is really great news. I'm confident this development will become the heart of the new Smith's Wood Village Centre by bringing new retail facilities to the area and dedicated space where we can help grow the local economy."

Ian Cox, Programme Director North Solihull Partnership, said: "I do hope local people enjoy seeing their new high street emerging. Taken together with the improvements in housing, school buildings and the public realm, I think we are beginning to create a village centre which is accessible and welcoming for everyone; a real focus for the local community now and in future years."

"This latest phase of the regeneration has been made possible by the successful bid to the GBSLEP Growing Places Fund, for which we are grateful."

Pat Casteleyn, Senior site agent at Kier Construction said: "This is a great scheme to be involved in and we are looking forward working with colleagues to deliver a fantastic new addition the Village Centre.  We will do everything we can to minimise disruption to the local community and will work closely with colleagues in the Council, the Partnership and local stakeholders to make sure the scheme runs smoothly."

Smith's Wood Village Centre is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is a partnership of local authorities and businesses set up to drive economic growth, of which Solihull Council is a member. The Growing Places fund aims to provide support to install infrastructure for development projects which have stalled during the recession.